According to the Health and Safety Executive, there are around 5000 workers’ deaths each year that are attributed to the inhalation of asbestos. Even though use of this material was banned in buildings from 2000 onwards, there are still fibres present in numerous buildings across the UK. People are often aware of the health effects of breathing in these materials. There are several conditions with are caused as a direct result, but it could take years of decades for symptoms to show.
Asbestos-related lung cancer accounts for a small amount of cases of cancer of the lung. Other causes include smoking which makes up over 80% of instances.
Also a cancer, this impacts the lining of a lung and can also be found in the lower digestive tract. In almost all cases it is fatal.
This typically happens after heavy exposure and results in a swelling and thickening of the pleura (lung). Over time this will cause discomfort and a shortness of breath.
Being exposed to fibres can cause this condition which cause shortness of breath and can become fatal.